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November 9, 2013

New store, restaurants planned in Shenango Township

NEW CASTLE — Several Lawrence County businesses are planning new development.

El Canelo closed its restaurant in the Lawrence Village Plaza Oct. 31 and plans to re-open by the end of next week in its new location, just north on Ellwood Road.

The manager of the Mexican restaurant, Antonio Porras, said he hopes that moving to the former Kentucky Fried Chicken building will attract more street traffic and travelers than the previous, more off-the-road location. The restaurant had been in plaza for five years.

The menu will remain the same, he said, and the liquor license is in the process of being transferred. El Canelo has two other locations in Lawrence County — Wilmington Road in Neshannock Township and West State Street in Union Township. Plans are under way to open a fourth in New Wilmington.

A new Dollar General store is expected to open in mid-January in West Pittsburg.

The building, now under construction at the corner of Center Avenue and Ninth Street, will have 9,100 square feet with 3,100 of that devoted to food items. It will be open seven days a week and have 32 parking spaces.

Timothy Weinmann, president of Penntex Ventures of Greensburg, a preferred developer for Dollar General retailers, said it will be a prototypical masonry building and will employ 10 to 12 full- and part-time employees.

The Nashville, Tenn.-based chain is the largest small-box retailer in the United States, he said, and is opening about 625 stores this year and another 625 next year across the country.

A new Dunkin’ Donuts is planned for Savannah Road in Shenango Township.

Last month, Supervisor Larry Herman said the shop had expressed interest in building a site between Long John Silver’s and the township fire department.

However Leeann Miller of the Dunkin’ Donuts in downtown New Castle said no details are available because the deal has not yet been finalized.


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